Visits to the theatre don’t get more magical than Joburg Ballet’s sublime Giselle, a richly romantic story of a love so powerful it reaches from beyond the grave, a tale of passion, betrayal and forgiveness showcasing South Africa’s finest dancers in an event of breath-taking beauty you will never forget. Sharing the title role with Joburg Ballet’s own stars will be French principal dancer Anaïs Chalendard who will dance in three of the ten performances during the season. Miss Chalendard made her acclaimed SA debut earlier this year as a guest artist in Joburg Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty. Giselle will be staged by artistic director Iain MacDonald and ballet mistress Lauren Slade. Australian-based SA ballet luminary Dawn Weller will coach the dancers in the leading roles.
PERFORMANCE CASTING (Subject to change)
Fri 4 Oct at 19h30: Anaïs Chalendard* and Leusson Muniz
Sat 5 Oct at 15h00: Shannon Glover and Revil Yon
Sat 5 Oct at 19h30: Monike Cristina and Ruan Galdino
Sun 6 Oct at 15h00: Anaïs Chalendard* and Leusson Muniz
Tue 8 Oct at 11h00: Anaïs Chalendard* and Leusson Muniz
Wed 9 Oct at 11h00: Shannon Glover and Revil Yon**
Fri 11 Oct at 19h30: Claudia Monja and Leusson Muniz
Sat 12 Oct at 15h00: Monike Cristina and Ruan Galdino
Sat 12 Oct at 19h30: Claudia Monja and Leusson Muniz
Sun 13 Oct at 15h00: Shannon Glover and Revil Yon
**All performances accompanied by the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra except Wed 9 Oct which will be performed to a recorded soundtrack to facilitate filming of the performance for commercial DVD release.
Giselle will be presented on the Mandela stage of the Joburg Theatre from 4 to 13 October for just ten performances. The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing with Joburg Ballet during this ballet season.